Film and Television Soundtracks by Eric Clapton

Film and Television Soundtracks by Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton began working on film and televison soundtracks early in his career. His first exposure was when he played on the track “Ski-ing” for George Harrison sometime between December 1967 and January 1968 for the film Wonderwall. Several years later, in March 1974, Eric recorded “Eyesight to the Blind” and “Sally Simpson” for the film version of The Who’s rock opera, Tommy. He also appeared in the movie as “The Preacher.” 

In 1983, Eric Clapton began composing film and television scores as a side-line starting with the title music for The Hit, which he wrote with Roger Waters. Occasionally, he would only contribute a single song with lyrics to serve as a film’s theme. A number of his scores were for blockbuster films, including the entire Lethal Weapon series starring Danny Glover and Mel Gibson with co-composers Michael Kamen and David Sanborn. The hit film Phenomenon, which starred John Travolta gave EC and Babyface a huge hit with “Change The World”. Clapton’s mega-hit, “Tears In Heaven,” was included in the soundtrack for Rush (1991) prior to it’s groundbreaking performance on Unplugged in January 1992.

Many of these soundtracks were issued on LP, cassette or CD at the time the film came out, but are now out of print.

Additionally, some of Eric Clapton’s songs from his albums have been licensed for use in various soundtracks worlwide. They are not included here. If Eric only contributed a single song, information about it is listed in the CD column in the table, below.

Wonderwall 1968 CD, LP (Session guitarist for “Ski-ing”)  
Tommy: The Movie  1975 CD, LP (Recoding Session: “Eyesight To The Blind” “Sally Simpson”) VHS, DVD
The Hit 1984 Unissued (Title music with Roger Waters) Unissued
Edge of Darkness 1985 3″ Mini CD, LP VHS, DVD
Back To The Future 1985 CD, LP (“Heaven Is One Step Away”) VHS, DVD
The Color of Money 1986 CD, LP (Theme Song: “It’s In The Way That You Use It”) VHS, DVD
Lethal Weapon 1986 CD, LP VHS, DVD
Buster 1988 CD (Session guitarist: “The Robbery”) VHS
Homeboy 1988 CD VHS
True Stories: Peace In Our Time 1988 Unissued Unissued (TV Film)
“James Bond Theme” 1989 Unissued / Not Used In Film Unissued
Lethal Weapon 2 1989 CD VHS, DVD
Communion 1989 Unissued Unissued
Rush 1991 CD VHS, DVD
Lethal Weapon 3 1992 CD VHS, DVD
Wayne’s World 1992 CD (Song: “Lovin’ Your Lovin’”) VHS, DVD
The Van 1996 Unissued VHS, DVD
Phenomenon 1996 CD (Song: “Change The World”) VHS, DVD
Lethal Weapon 4 1998 Unissued VHS, DVD
Runaway Bride 1999 CD (Song: “Blue Eyes Blue”) VHS, DVD
The Story of Us 1999 CD VHS, DVD
Three Days In Auschwitz 2015 Unissued DVD


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